Dance Photography Opportunity

Dance Photography Opportunity

source: The Carriage House Studio and Gallery

I am always so grateful when people contact me asking to share information. Here is an opportunity for DC area dancers to get their picture taken! See the details below and please spread the word.

The Carriage House Studio and Gallery is a busy photography studio with an active and growing base of photographers. We need advanced amateur or professional dancers for a winter photography workshop series. The complete studio facility is located in a safe, convenient location in downtown DC (Logan Circle).

Modern, ballet and ballroom dancers between the age of 18 to 35 are needed. If interested, please send photo, height and weight, description of dance background or resume to info@dcphotocoop.com. Auditions for the dance photo shoot will take place the week of November 29th to December 3rd.

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Latin Jazz Dance Class at BTI Dance Institute

I wish that all dance studios were as close to my place as BTI Dance Institute. If you live near Logan Circle, you’re only a couple blocks away from the studio located just north of 14th and P Street NW. Needless to say, I walked there in less than 10 minutes and even had time to go to the ATM!

Alvaro Maldonado started off Latin Jazz class with a typical warm up that included stretches, sit ups and push ups. He didn’t focus on ballet technique as much as he did during Glee Dance, but that was okay with me. I hate center barre. Some of the moves he did during the warm up including a chasse turn combination were later incorporated into the center combination. In addition, he did some across the floor exercises such as walks and kicks.

The center combination itself was pretty simple however a few of the 12 students had a hard time keeping up. I thought there would be more Latin dance moves incorporated, but it was more of a jazz routine than anything else. Although I’m not sure if he used Latin music per se, it was fun and festive which made dancing enjoyable. Overall, this is a good jazz class for beginners. Don’t expect to learn how to salsa, but do look forward to cha chas, pas de bourrees and pivot turns.

The Deets

  • Alvaro Maldonado
  • Beginner/Intermediate Latin Jazz
  • BTI Dance Institute – 1515 14th Street NW, Suite 200; Washington, DC 20005
  • Tuesdays 6pm-7pm
  • Right now there seems to be some sort of special. $10 per class or $15 for two (cash or credit).
  • 11/15/10 Update – I noticed on the BTIDance.org site that Gentle Vinyasa Flow Yoga was scheduled this Tuesday from 6pm-7pm. I did not see Latin Jazz on the schedule.
  • 1/15/11 Update – As of February 12th, BTI Dance is moving to 1643 Connective Ave NW.
  • 12/6/11 Update – BTI Dance Institute will be closing as of December 9th, 2011.

BTI Dance Institute Opens in Logan Circle

Long before moving to the District, Alvaro Maldonado resided in war torn El Salvador as a youth.  Free dance classes at the National Ballet School kept him away from the violence and gangs that surrounded him and the lessons he learned in the classroom truly changed his life.  “I wouldn’t be able to be here without dance,” he said.  “Dance transformed my life and I hope to use the power of dance to transform the lives of others.”

Alvaro Maldonado (source: Luis Gomez Photos)

Inspired by his personal experience, Maldonado, who is also a nutrition consultant and co-owner of personal training gym Fit on 17th Street NW, began to implement dance programs in his home country, as well as other troubled areas in Central America.  According to Maldonado, the goal of the program is not to create dancers, but instead to inspire students and provide them the tools needed to succeed in life.   He now brings this transformational outreach program to District schools and youth groups through BTI Dance Institute, which opened its doors on 14th Street NW last weekend.

In addition to its outreach programs, BTI Dance Institute has both an adult and youth dance training program.  To promote its repertoire of classes and to test out the current schedule of its adult dance training program, the studio is offering free classes until Friday, July 23rd.  First time students and experienced dancers alike will have the chance to try a variety of classes before regular rates go into effect this Saturday.  They will also be able to purchase discount cards at reduced rates before the 24th.

The success of the first few weeks of BTI Dance Institute is not only important to keep the studio going, but it is also key to building a solid financial base for its youth dance training program scheduled to start this September.  Maldonado, who serves as the Founder and Artistic Director of BTI Dance Institute, hopes to train the modern dancers of the future through this program.

Students of BTI Dance Institute’s youth dance training program will take dance history and other relevant academic classes, as well as daily technique and modern dance classes.  Graduates of the program will receive a diploma in contemporary dance concert performance and will be prepared to audition for modern dance companies all over the world.

Students interested in the training program and ballet dancers who have been out of practice may be interested in BTI’s Classical Ballet Performance Workshop with Elizabeth Wisenberg of the Stuttgart Ballet.  The two week intensive workshop runs Monday through Friday 10:30am-12:30pm from August 16th until August 27th.  Total cost for the workshop is $190, but students can also pay for drop in classes with Wisenberg.  Dancers who participate in the workshop will take an hour of technique class and an hour of repertory to learn one of the well-known pieces from “Swan Lake.”  The workshop culminates with a small performance of the “Swan Lake” piece for family and friends at the studio.

Maldonado noted that BTI is still working on its studio but hopes to complete everything over the next couple weeks.  Classes will be adjusted and added to meet the needs of the studio and its clientele, but hip hop and flamenco fans will be disappointed to hear that these types of classes will not be included in the roster.  For more information about BTI Dance Institute, visit their site or read Lawrence Luk’s story from Express.  You can also read this story and see more photos on local blog Borderstan.

10/05/10 Update – BTI Dance Institute recently added hip hop classes to their schedule.

1/15/11 Update – As of February 12th, classes will be held at 1643 Connecticut Ave NW.

12/6/11 Update – BTI Dance Institute will be closing as of December 9th, 2011.

Glee Dance at BTI Dance Institute

If you’re a fan of Will Schuester, Sue Sylvester and the rest of the cast of Fox’s musical comedy drama ‘Glee,’ then this may be the class for you.  BTI Dance Institute uses the soundtrack of the hit TV show as the music for Glee Dance.

The class started at 1pm and ran til 230pm at the new BTI Dance Institute on 14th St NW.  If you know the Italian restaurant Posto and Studio Theatre, you’ll know where to find BTI.  It’s right between the two.

There were about 11 students in the class with only two guys representing for the males.   There was a range of experience among the students.  This was even the first dance class ever for one of them.

Despite the difference in levels, the instructor included a center barre and basic ballet techniques to the warmup.  He also did some across the floor combinations including jazz walks and pique turns before teaching the combination.

The combo was to the Glee rendition of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Rehab’ which was pretty fast paced, but everyone seemed to keep up.  He even taught two slightly different variations – one for the boys and one for the girls.   Overall, I think everyone seemed to enjoy the class.   And, added bonus, it was FREE!

If you live near Logan Circle, check out BTI Dance Institute.  Classes are free until July 23rd.  After that drop ins are $18 per class.   I’m hopefully writing a post for Borderstan about the new studio so look out for that as well.   Later!

The Deets

  • Alvaro Maldonado
  • Glee Dance
  • BTI Dance Institute – 1515 14th Street NW, #200; Washington, DC 20005
  • Tuesdays 830pm-8pm; Saturday 12n-130pm
  • $18 drop ins
  • 1/15/11 Update – As of February 12th, classes will be held at 1643 Connecticut Ave NW.
  • 12/6/11 Update – BTI Dance Institute will be closing as of December 9th, 2011.

Pleased to meet you. Hope you guess my name.

No need to guess.  My name is Cecile and I moved to the District last November.  I’ve been living near Logan Circle for almost eight months now, but I still feel like I have so much to learn. 

When I was living in the suburbs of Boston, where I’m originally from, I danced all the time.  I rehearsed with Rainbow Tribe, took classes hosted by Static Noyze, and even taught hip hop at the Brookline Academy of Dance.  Since moving to DC, I’ve only been to a handful of classes.

I haven’t just been sitting around doing nothing though.  I am currently a contributor to local blog Borderstan and also volunteer for Cultural Development Corporation and Artomatic.  These experiences have introduced me to some great creative types in the DC Metro area, but I have yet to brush shoulders with the big names in DC dance.  Actually, what are the big names?  I plan to answer this question along with many others I have about the dance community through danceDC.

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